Green Dot

What is Green Dot?

A green dot is any choice, behavior, word or attitude that promotes safety for everyone and communicates utter intolerance for power-based personal violence in our Iowa State University community. A green dot is anything you do to make our community safer.

Green dots can be PROACTIVE or REACTIVE. 

Proactive Green Dots: Little things you do to make it less likely that violence, or a red dot, will ever happen. This could include you having a conversation with a friend about your stance against violence, wearing green dot gear, or posting an update on social media that violence is not acceptable in the Cyclone community.

Reactive Green Dots: The choices you make in response to a situation that you think could be harmful to another or might eventually lead to something harmful. This could include you stepping in when you notice something not quite right in the student neighborhood, walking a friend home when they’ve had too much to drink to be sure they make it home safely, or telling a friend to back off when you know the other person is not interested.

Reactive green dots come in the form of the 3D’s: Direct, Distract, and Delegate. A direct green dot occurs when you handle the situation with confrontation. Distracting is changing the conversation and the energy of the interaction by distracting them with something else (dancing, a problem, food, bathroom break, etc). Delegating is finding someone else who you feel will be more successful in fixing the problem (bar tender, other friends, Public Safety, etc).

Register for an upcoming Green Dot Bystander Training

Learn more about Green Dot at Iowa State’s Mission, Green Dot Facilitators and examples of red dots, reactive and proactive green dots. 

Download proactive green dot logos, email signatures, toolkit and slides. Learn how to become a Green Dot office and request Green Dot gear. 

Learn more about Green Dot bystander training for students, faculty and staff.

Fill out the form to request a Green Dot overview for your group.

Get connected with the Sexual Misconduct & Sexual Assault Resource page. 

Learn about how you can get connected with Green Dot Action Month, Green Dot Office Program and more.



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